Melbourne, the capital of the state of Victoria, which has the title of being the second largest city in Australia, started operating the entire tram network in the city with solar energy.
Neoen Numurkah Solar Power Plant, officially opened last week, generates 100 renewable energy percent to operate the city's huge tram network. This facility was built to provide 255 thousand megawatt hours of electricity to the national energy grid each year. The project was funded under the Australian Labor Party's Solar Trolley Initiative.
Thanks to this project, residents of Melbourne will have both cleaner trams and more comfortable consciences. The carbon emission to be reduced by the new solar power plant built is equivalent to removing 750 thousand cars from the roads or planting around 390 thousand trees. Victoria, the capital of Melbourne, has set its renewable energy target by 2025 percent by 40 and 2030 percent by 50. This solar project is considered as an important step taken in this sense.